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Big World (2009)

by Mary Miller(Favorite Author)
4.44 of 5 Votes: 4
0974954187 (ISBN13: 9780974954189)
Short Flight/Long Drive Books
review 1: A couple of these stories are phenomenal. Most of the stories in this collection involve women making bad decisions out of boredom or loneliness. A few of them were interesting for the way they relate moments that don't have typical story arcs, and yet they were still interesting and compelling. Really enjoyed Miller's style, though I did feel about half of the stories were forgettable. Still, would rank this as a very strong collection.
review 2: I could say that Mary Miller’s Big World is a wonderful collection, which it is, and that the stories in it remind me of how I feel when reading stories by Charles Baxter (or Bobbie Ann Mason), and they are all excellent because Baxter (and Mason) seems to ONLY write excellent stories. I could say that if I taught a
... more writing class, which is a wildly hilarious idea (the thought of me teaching anything!), I would add stories from Big World into the curriculum because they encompass everything one should want a short story to have, which is to say they are truthful, funny and sad, and many other things also. I could say a lot about this book, really, but I won’t. What I WILL say is that I recommend Big World to people who like reading strong writing about flawed (yet remarkably interesting) characters, and I recommend it highly because that’s how this book rolls. less
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At times, beautiful. Some of these images will stay with me for a long time.
Damn, this is a great collection. One of the best I've read in a while.
I waivered between a 4 or 5 on this one. Great writing.
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